Excerpt: The NHL 2K series has built a reputation as the true fan's version of the game, featuring gameplay aimed at providing a realistic rendering of the sport. As you can imagine, this has earned the series a pretty loyal following, so it's a bit surprising at first to find that some of the biggest changes with this year's game are the new control scheme and superstar moves. Is this the end of NHL 2K's realistic brand of hockey?
Summary: Hockey fans will own both games anyway, right? I'd recommend picking this one up after NHL 08, as it's different enough to warrant the purchase, but sitting solidly in second place behind EA's juggernaut. I'm really hoping 2K9 is a revamp for the series - particularly the controls. It doesn't really matter if you have a far deeper gameplay pool to draw from, give us something we can work with to plumb those depths or that goes to waste.
Excerpt: NHL 2K8 is the gaming equivalent of your favorite band releasing a Greatest Hits album. Although you already own all of the hit songs included on the album in one form or another, often times new material is stirred in. Upon purchasing the album you find that the new or previously unused recordings are lackluster, deprecating an otherwise great collection of material. That’s what happened with 2K8 ‘s new content. And even then, it’s still all about the hits.
Excerpt: Do you remember playing Ice Hockey back on the NES? Well.. for those of you who don’t… you had to use your imagination to visualize all of the rough checks: Stubby Fat Guy would smash Tall Skinny Guy into a padded wall, but all you'd see is a mangled mess of differing colors and hear a beep from the NES' sound chip. Technology has significantly improved since those days of old.